Axios’ Swan: Some Wolff Claims “Complete Nonsense, Liberal Fantasy”

Kudos to Jonathan Swan of the Mike Allen/Jim VandeHei Axios for being one of the rare MSM voices to call out Michael Wolff for inaccurate reporting.

Appearing on Chris Matthews’ Hardball this evening, the Australian Swan hit Wolff on two of his claims.

First, Swan said that “it is complete nonsense that it is 100%, as Michael Wolff claims,” that all White House staffers believe that President Trump is unfit for office. “That is just absurd,” said Swan.

A bit later, Swan called the notion that President Trump would be removed from office via the 25th Amendment “a left-wing, liberal fantasy.”


Good on Swan for bucking the conventional MSM wisdom that has lionized the dire Wolff’s “reporting.”

Michael Wolff on Trump—”Every Time You Speak to Him, You Think: This is a Wingnut”

It’s not exactly breaking news that Michael Wolff believes that Donald Trump is unfit to be President of the United States. That’s the entire thrust of his “Fire and Fury.”

But appearing on Morning Joe today, Wolff used a colorful phrase in describing Trump, one that epitomized his low opinion the man. Asked by Joe Scarborough whether Trump was “mentally fit” to be president, Wolff responded:”

Every time you speak to him, you think this is a wingnut. There is something really alarming in ways that you cannot even begin to describe. It’s like you’re riveted to the seat.”

Wolff also said of Trump:

“Not only is he interested in just himself, he’s just interested in his immediate gratification in this moment. There is nothing beyond that.”

Mika: My Friends Visiting France “Viscerally Embarrassed to be Americans”

Was that actually Mika Brzezinski on Morning Joe today, or had someone hacked into the MSNBC feed and inserted a parody bit about elitist, Trump-hating snobs?

We’ll look into it. In the meantime, here’s what “Mika” ostensibly said this morning:

“I had some friends that went to Paris over the holiday, and they said they were just viscerally embarrassed to be Americans. They said it was the first time that it was sort of chilling. That they didn’t even want to share where they were from.”

Next time, Mika, tell your friends to stay there.

Bernstein Begs Fox News to Lead Charge in Proving Trump Unfit for Office

It was strange to see Carl Bernstein praising Fox News on CNN of all places today. But Bernstein had an ulterior motive. He was trying to butter up Fox News in order to lure it into providing the ammo to blast President Trump out of office.

Appearing on Brian Stelter’s Reliable Sources, Bernstein praised the “great reporters Fox News,” adding “I know they have some great reporters there.” Bernstein then begged Fox News to lead the charge in proving that President Trump is unfit for office.

Bernstein wants FNC to interview every Republican congressman and senator and report back what they really think about Trump’s fitness. Bernstein seemed confident that they would find that most think that Trump is unfit.

So Bernstein wants to use FNC as a battering ram against Trump. He challenges them “to show that they can be fair and balanced. That they are capable of being a real reporting organization.” Translation: come back and report that Republicans think Trump is unfit, and give us grounds to depose him.

Sorry, Carl, but somehow I suspect that Fox News isn’t going to take its marching orders from you!

Jake Tapper Shuts Off Stephen Miller for Being “Obsequious” to Trump

On his CNN show this morning, Jake Tapper prematurely ended his contentious interview of senior Trump advisor Stephen Miller, during which Miller repeatedly criticized CNN’s biased coverage of President Trump. Said Tapper:

There’s one viewer that you care about right now, and you’re being obsequious, you’re being a factotum in order to please him, okay? And I think I’ve wasted enough of my viewers’ time. Thank you, Stephen.”

When Tapper returned from break, he took a snide shot at the departed Miller:

“Welcome back to State of the Union and to Planet Earth.”

Joe Conason: Investigating the Clintons “Sells to Boobs Out there on the Right”

Scratch a liberal, find disdain for the intelligence of conservatives.

For that matter, no scratching required when it comes to Joe Conason, who proudly flaunts his contempt for conservatives. Appearing on Joy Reid’s MSNBC show today, Conason—who’s made a career out of defending the Clintons—sneered that investigating the Clintons:

“sells to boobs out there on the right.”


NYT’s Michelle Goldberg: Trump Threatens “Existential Survival of this Country”

Of all the overwrought reactions to “Fire and Fury,” New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg has the early clubhouse lead.

Appearing on this evening’s Hardball, Goldberg, speaking of President Trump, said:

“The existential survival of this country, which I think it’s not an exaggeration to say that that’s what’s at stake.”

Really? Faced with Trump’s tough talk, we’re suddenly seeing North Korea’s willingness to come to the table. There’s been a popular uprising in Iran. And Saudi Arabia is forming a tacit alliance with Israel.

Want to know what truly represents a threat to “the existential survival of this country,” Ms. Goldberg? The open-borders, multicultural policies of Barack Obama and the Dems at large.

Who You Got in Biden/Howard Dean Steel-Cage Match?

Two men will enter the steel cage. Only one will exit. Who will it be?

Yesterday, Howard Dean said that older members of the Dem party should “get the hell out of the way.” Responding later in the day, Joe Biden said: “tell Howard I can take him physically, okay?”

As for the Tale of the Tape, we can say that—almost to the day—Biden is six years older than Dean: 75 vs. 69. Biden is a shade over 6 ft. tall, while Dean is a shade under 5′ 9″. No hard data on weight, but guessing that Biden outweighs Dean.


CNN’s Avlon: Trump’s Cheeseburgers-in-Bed Evidence of “Clinical Depression”

John Avlon is CNN’s resident spitballer-in-chief, a guy with the personality of a snarky high school sophomore. Follow him for a while, and you’ll see that in virtually every appearance, he manages to work in a provocative line that you suspect he brainstormed before the lights came on.

On CNN this morning, commenting on the allegation in Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” that President Trump would at times have cheeseburgers in bed at 6:30 pm, Avlon said:

“Sounds like a portrait of clinical depression to me.”

Except that . . .

Avlon conveniently ignored the rest of the story, wherein Wolff wrote that while in bed, Trump would be “watching his three screens and making phone calls . . . to a small group of friends.”

In other words, Trump was anything but a depressed guy with the sheets pulled up over his head. To the contrary, he was a very active and engaged one, simultaneously monitoring three networks while reaching out to friends.

But that reality didn’t stop the attention-seeking Avlon from taking his misleading shot.

MSNBC “Republican” Rick Wilson: Trump White House a “Sack Full of Rats”

If MSNBC’s Joy Reid wanted to demonstrate intellectual courage and honesty, she’d invite real Republicans and strong Trump advocates on her shows. Instead, she prefers to bring on avid Trump haters.

Reid scraped the absolute bottom of the barrel when this evening, substituting for Chris Hayes, she had on the loathsome Rick Wilson. This is the guy who—in terms so vile I won’t repeat them here—accused Ann Coulter of literally being a prostitute for Trump.

Asked if he was surprised by the lack of loyalty depicted in Michael Wolff’s about-to-be-released book about the Trump White House, Wilson says:

“When you’ve got a sack full of rats, they’re going to eat each other.”

Show some guts, Joy. Invite real Republicans on. And, contrary to your inclination, don’t shut them down when they say something you don’t like.